Call for "city-wide" plan after Ecclesall Woods crossing looks likely to go ahead

Campaigners calling for a safe crossing by Ecclesall Woods say a “city wide solution” is needed on access to green spaces as it looks as though their petition is set to be successful.

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 10:53 am
A campaign has been launched to create a safe crossing on Abbey Lane at the entrance to Ecclesall Woods. Picture: Chris Etchells

The Friends of Ecclesall Woods group last month collected 6,000 signatures asking for a safe crossing at ‘dangerous’ points on 40mph Abbey Lane, and dressed up as zebras to get their message out.The petition had enough support to trigger a council debate on the issue.

Sheffield’s Labour councillors have now confirmed a series of new road safety interventions – including a commitment to providing a pedestrian crossing on Abbey Lane, pending successful feasibility work.

Claire Cruikshanks, from the Friends of Ecclesall Woods, said the group welcomed the news, but would love to see a ‘city wide solution’.

Friends of Ecclesall Woods are now calling for a 'city-wide' solution. Photo: Chris Etchells.

She said: “We have been grateful for cross party support having received positive comments from Olivia Blake MP and much advice and help from councillor Barbara Masters, who took the issues to the council in February, so I am hoping that a consensus can take it forward.

“We are really keen to be involved in planning of improvements so I hope that is what is proposed. We have been asking to meet with people in transport about options but this hasn’t happened yet.

“We would love a wider conversation to take place about access to green spaces, rather than every crossing needing a petition and to go through council.

"There are issues across Sheffield similar to ours and we would love to see city wide solutions.”

Campaigners dressed as zebras on Abbey Lane, Sheffield